Born 2009 Eaglets Finish 4th in Singa Cup, An Ateneo Best!

November 20, 2017
Rodel Castro Lomibao

The Ateneo de Manila Born-2009 Football Team exceeded all expectations by finishing 4th out of 15 teams in the U8 division of the 2017 Singapore International Youth Cup held last November 4 and 5, 2017. This is reportedly the best finish for any Ateneo team since the Singa Cup began in 2011.  
With a win (over CUKI Japan of Thailand), a draw (with Active SG Football Academy of Singapore) and a loss (against Singapore Comets) during the 1st day of the competition, our boys entered the 2nd day of the tournament with a must-win situation against Inspire Budakbola Junior Academy of Malaysia in their last game in the elimination round, if they were to advance to the quarterfinals. And for 24 minutes, the blue and white stifled the Malaysian offense and nipped Inspire Budakbola Junior Academy, 1-0.

Sporting similar records of two wins, a draw and a loss in the elimination round, Eaglets '09 and ActiveSG Football Academy ended up tied for the 2nd spot in Group A. The little Ateneans then defeated ActiveSG Football Academy in the playoff via a penalty shootout to advance to the quarterfinals.

In the quarterfinals, Ateneo faced Bermuda SS of Indonesia and survived another penalty shootout after a nil-nil draw in regulation.

Although the boys lost to JSSL of Singapore in the semifinals and to Phuri Academy FC of Thailand in the battle for 3rd, we are very proud of our born-2009 Eaglets. Reaching the semifinals of a very tough international football tournament is not only an accomplishment but a blessing.  

The members of the Ateneo Born-2009 Football Team are  Alphan Lomibao (3-Data), Jose Ilagan (3-Data), Trey Solis (3-Apo), Manu Simpao (3-Bulusan), Fonzie Vallente (3-Bulusan), Anton Altuna (3-Samat), Raymund Chavez- (3-Samat), Ivan Gabasa (3-Kanlaon), Rafael Balagtas (3-Matutum), Luis Gabriel Reyes (3-Banahaw), Ivan Quierrez (3-Taal), and Chili Villaseñor (3-Kanlaon). They were coached by Paul Isiah Madrona and managed by Shiela Altuna.